About Jeƣ

Jeƣ is a Classical Sevensi word meaning clan or family. However, the idea of a jeƣ has some important differences from what is commonly assumed from the word family in English. The purpose of this page is to explain the meaning of jeƣ from a Sevensi cultural perspective.

Etymology

The word jeƣ is speculated to originate from the Pre–Jastu‐Sevensi compound *deuwei‐eixû, meaning house of a large dwelling. The evolution of this term can be seen below:

*deuwei‐eixûdwéixæjéƣæjeƣ

History

Early Sevensi society was very strongly geographically structured. People tended to be identified not by who their parents were, or other ancestry, but rather by where they lived.

However, once settlements began growing larger, and cities and jeiƛ (burgs) started to form, pure geographic location ceased to be suitable for community organization. With thousands of people living together in the same area, it was hard to tell them all apart! Naturally, over time, these larger settlements organized themselves into subcommunities, or jeƣ.

Jeƣ quickly became an important organizing structure for Sevensi society. Although a person can only belong to a single jeƣ at a time, most people have personal ties to several more. For example, one might be at once connected to:

Consequently, given any two jeƣ in reasonable proximity, it was safe to say that there were likely one or several such ties through kinship or past experience between them. These bonds and history were the mechanism through which inter‐community disputes and negotiations were usually settled.

Jeƣ today still typically retain strong geographic ties, however since the age of accessible long‐distance communication, the requirement that all members of a jeƣ be in the same location has relaxed somewhat. Indeed, after the invention of the internet, there have been jeƣ founded which exist entirely online. Nevertheless, due to the benefits of being able to provide local resources and networking, geographically‐situated jeƣ are still generally seen as the preferred choice.

Joining

Because jeƣ are the principal means by which Sevensi persons are able to obtain local resources or connections, it is very important that someone moving to a new location be able to find and join a jeƣ in a timely manner. Consequently, jeƣ are quite unlike English clans or families when it comes to ease‐of‐access. In English communities, family bonds are typically only formed through very involved and complex procedures like marriage or adoption. In Sevensi, a person might change jeƣ every time they settle in a new spot for a considerable length of time.

Nevertheless, joining a jeƣ remains no easy task. In the best‐case scenario, a person looking to move from one jeƣ to another will have someone with ties to both that they can rely upon to negotiate the transfer, and this will be facilitated by jeƣ leaders or elders. In the cases where no such mediator exists, where a person is leaving their present jeƣ on poor terms, or where the indivisual assigned to negotiations is unreliable, a person might have to turn to other means to demonstrate their willingness to be a part. Newcomers might only be accepted into a jeƣ on a provisional basis, until such a time as they are able to build the friendships and relations to fully belong.

After joining a jeƣ, it is fully expected that one maintain their ties to past jeƣ (unless those ties had already gone sour). As stated above, these networks of ties are the principal means through which inter‐jeƣ negotiations are resolved.

Organizational Structure

In a traditional Sevensi jeƣ, the most respected role is that of the meƣi. This traditionally feminine role helps to maintain the history and culture of the jeƣ and advise it regarding spiritual matters. Day‐to‐day activities and overseeing of the jeƣ is typically overseen by one or more elders. Beyond these general trends, however, and especially in contemporary jeƣ, organizational structure can vary widely depending on location, history, and the nature of the given members.